|For Việt Nam, FSIS has inspected eight out of the 13 facilities that are exporting catfish to the US and found out no shortcomings that could directly harm public health. — VNA/VNS Photo Huy Hùng|
HÀ NỘI — The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) under the United States Department of Agriculture has proposed continuing Việt Nam’s eligibility to export Siluriformes fish, commonly known as catfish, and fish products to the United States.
The US Federal Register has published a draft of a proposal to recognise three countries—Việt Nam, China and Thailand—as maintaining their eligibility to export catfish and fish products to the United States as proposed by FSIS.
In the draft recommendation, FSIS has recognised the catfish inspection system in Việt
The consultation process for this proposal will last for 30 days from the date of publication on September 14.
According to VASEP, all three countries have sent full documentation to FSIS regarding their quality control systems. American authorities will make a final evaluation of the information and verify that the systems are equivalent to American standards. FSIS also reviewed the documentation and conducted field inspections in these countries before concluding the draft.
The FSIS report represents the culmination of a years-long process as the
On December 2, 2015, FSIS published the "Final Rule" on the inspection programme for catfish.